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Nicole's Gourmet Foods

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921 Meridian Ave Unit B, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3135
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Wed 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Los Angeles, CA
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although they have a cafe, french foods, deli items and more I still love Nicole's cheese! They have a small but good French wine selection also.

Thank Burgundy9
South Pasadena, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Great breakfast and lunch menus. Try the cheese or sliced meat plates and a glass of wine or refreshing sangria. Also the elegant and delicious house-baked desserts -- eat in or take home. Open late Thursdays so you can enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of tea in convivial surroundings after shopping in the adjacent weekly farmer's market.... More 

Thank Lisa K
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

When I'm craving a croque monsieur, this is my place. A table outside with a cool glass of Listel rosé where I can eat my sandwich as parrots fly over in pairs. Their version of the croque monsieur is light, not any greasier than it has to be (it's covered in melted cheese, after all), and on good quality bread.... More 

Thank Mike H
Pasadena, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

It's a bit pricey to be honest. The sandwiches and lunch fare are adequate. The croissants and desserts are really outstanding. The coffee is pretty good. They could make their espresso stronger and more flavorful.

Thank Lisa J
Nanaimo, Canada
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180 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2016

Primarily a deli with take-out and table service, this is a lovely place for lunch or an early dinner (later on Thursdays, when the South Pasadena farmers' market takes place.) Quiche, lovely soups and salads, sandwiches and a very decent wine-by-the glass list make this a must for every visitor to South Pasadena. If the weather permits, sit outside on... More 

Thank 29carfrae
Los Angeles, California
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2016

This is a nice place for lunch or brunch set in the old area of South Pasadena. The sandwiches are made with fresh bread along with cuts of meat and other ingredients that can be difficult to find. The line at the counter can be long during the lunch hours. Nicole is very kind. She goes out of her way... More 

Thank LMCinLA
Bakersfield, California
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103 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

A friend took me here for a birthday lunch. What a treat! I was here once several years ago. I am going to have to remember Nicole's when I am in town again. The half sandwich (it looked like a whole to me) and soup or salad is a real bargain for lunch. I chose the french onion soup (what... More 

Thank bin2oz
South Pasadena, California
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2015

I am constantly stunned that Nicole's continues to be in South Pasadena. This small but very well-stocked market has an absolutely fantastic selection of great cheeses, fresh baguettes and croissants (although I must admit that I am addicted to their frozen chocolate croissants - nothing like taking them home and cooking them up for a delicious weekend breakfast). My friends... More 

Thank MRI-Sleep
South Pasadena, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2015

Came here during a world cup match and the atmosphere was great. The food was really great also. Good desserts also.

Thank kharles
Prescott, Arizona
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211 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2015

We have been visiting Nicole's for at least fifteen years and NEVER been disappointed with either lunch or our purchases of imported cheeses. The choices of sandwiches/soup/salad make for difficult choices, but the baked brie and tomato sandwich and the simple ham and cheese are favorites. Not exactly a Paris street-side, but outside is always pleasant in the spring/fall.

Thank WHS-Eagle

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
French, Cafe, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 921 Meridian Ave Unit B, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3135
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  South Pasadena
  • Phone Number: 626-403-5751

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?